Stories 4: The empty cup

A master received a visit from a professor who wanted to learn about enlightenment. The master poured his guest a cup of tea and kept on pouring while the cup overflowed. The professor saw it and finally could no longer keep quiet. “The cup is overflowing; you can’t pour any more into it!” The master replied, “Like this cup, you are overflowing with your ideas. How am I to teach you when you don’t have an empty cup?”

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